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Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Sirius XM 80s on 8 Top 40 Turkeys of the 1980s

Now for a list of 80s songs that are simultaneously awful and awesome and include a plethora of one-hit wonders (Bob and Doug McKenzie, Bertie Higgins, Taco) along with a gaggle of hits by artists who loaded the Billboard Top 40 with songwriting fodder for years (Paul McCartney, Starship, Olivia Newton John). During the Thanksgiving weekend of 2011, SiriusXM’s 80s on 8 station played their Top 40 “Turkeys” of the 1980s. Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina … Read entire article »

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VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

VH1’s 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 1980s

I’m a child of the 1980s. I went to high school in the 1980s. I discovered new wave music and punk rock in the early 1980s thanks to early alternative radio stations and MTV. I love ’80s music. Always have, always will. The big hair. The neon outfits and new romantics. The synthpop songs and the hair-band ballads. The disposable pop song mixed with the lasting anthem. Some of it so bad it’s good. Some of it … Read entire article »

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24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

24 Number One Songs That Are 1970s One-Hit Wonders

The 1970s were huge for one-hit wonders. But like all decades, only a tiny percentage of songs released during the 10 years between 1970 and 1980 reached #1 on the Billboard Top 40. It’s these elite few that became the top songs of the 70s. Eight of the ten years in the 1970s saw one-hit wonders hit #1 on the Billboard Top 40. There were two songs in 1970, two in 1973, five in … Read entire article »

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VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

VH1’s 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the ’90s

Vh1 has created a cottage industry around lists. Everything from the “100 Most Shocking Music Moments” to “The 40 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the 90s.” People tune in and remember those single great songs and moments from artists they may have forgotten. My criteria for a one-hit wonder is described in the article “What’s a One-Hit Wonder” and differs from VH1 in one big way: I only count artists who hit the Billboard Top 40 once. … Read entire article »

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5 One-Hit Wonders for the Royal Wedding Dance Party

5 One-Hit Wonders for the Royal Wedding Dance Party

A royal wedding is a big deal and William and Kate are now officially married. The day will be filled with hoity toity teas, meets and greets, formal clothing and good manners. But tonight, I like to believe the British Royals and their closest friends (along with most of British society) will let loose in a crazy celebratory dance party. Here are 5 one-hit wonder songs that are guaranteed to get the crowd moving. They’re classics. … Read entire article »

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1984 One-Hit Wonders

1984 One-Hit Wonders

A quick glance at the one-hit wonders of 1984 and it’s obvious new wave music (or modern music or alternative music) broke through in a big way in the year George Orwell and Apple computers made famous. Of the 20 one-hit wonders from 1984, six of them were from new wave or alternative music bands (“99 Luftballoons” by Nena, “It’s My Life” by Talk Talk, “My Ever Changing Moods” from Paul Weller and the Style Council, … Read entire article »

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